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A farce in three acts
R. C. CARTON.
|HE feverisli fortnight is over — Elections,
medal-meetings, Hampstead-Heath — are all
things of the past and the Camp feels rather
like a lot of school-boys at the end of the
holidays. We nmst thank Mr. Powell for his
letter to the Home Government and though the
reply was somewhat of a cold douche yet it has done us good,
it has settled us down. Now that we are approaching our
Ruhleben anniversary, we may look around and count the
changes. They are very many and very good. We all
grouse, I. R. C. too, at our Camp officials, our Ruhleben
Supermen, but consider the Camp as it was a year ago and
as it is to-day and one cannot help realising that Sterling
work has been done by someone. Well, Mr. Official, be
you a full-blown arm-band or button-man or only the secre-
tary of a mere Society, please realise that our bark is worse
than our bite, that when you do good work we shan't say
much, if anything at all, but when you do bad work we
shall say "the divil of a lot". You can't do what you
would like, but in working to make Ruhleben life more
endurable for some of your fellow-prisoners, you are "doing
your bit" and a "good bit" at that.
VO\J may not believe your eyes, but we throw 1 a big bou-
quet — one of black tulips too — at Mr. Powell for arranging a
Cinema show for the Camp.
WE throw a bouquet at you all for buying up our last
number as you did.
I Societe I
I Dramatique Francaise I
| Programme des Soirees de Debüt |
I les 18, 19. 20. et 21 flout, 1915. |
1 Orchestre: Ouvertüre de Si j'etais Roi fldam |
| (sous la direction de M, Peeb!es-Conn). |
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| Comedie en un flcte de Tristan Bernard j
| Mise en scene par H. Q. HOPKIRK |
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| b) Rubade Printaniere. P, Lacome |
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| Comedie en un ficte d'Mndre Monezy-Eon |
| Mise en scene par H. (3. HOPKIRK |
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| presentera une piece du repertoire actuel du |
| theatre de la "RENAISSANCE'' de Paris: |
| Lfl PETITE CHOCOLfITIERE |
| Comedie en 4 actes de Paul Qavault |
| Mise en scene par H. MLERED BELL |
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PHOEBE AT THE ELECTION.
y^UESDAY night! Why, that is the Debating Soeiety's
^ night. You have not heard the Debating Society yet, have
you, Phoebe? Come along. It's very populär, and there is
always a crowd."
"What are they going to debate on to-night ?"
"Debate ! They're not going to debate. Whatever makes
you think they are going to debate, dear. They have long
given up the idea of debating. They hold anecdote evenings
now. You know, first the chairman — that is Butterpat —
gets up and teils a very dull and silly yarn, and then a lot
of other* people, knowing they can't do worse, try to improve
on him — with but indifferent success. Or eise, they give
dramatic representations of scenes from Dickens."
"Well ! We cÄnnot get in to-night, I'm afraid" said Phoebe,
as we approached the evidently overcrowded hall, from which
shouts, groans, and the frequently repeated yells of Sit down'
But I know better, and led her through a window and
so on to the back of the stage, where a gorgeous scene met
our eyes. On the platform sat all Ruhleben's brightest and
best, facing a huge sea of cheering, gesticulating, worshipping
"There, Phoebe" I said, pointing to the former collection,
"is the Rahleben Debating Society".
"Magnificent," she whispered, "but what are they doing ?"
A neighbour enlightened us. "It's a bye-election" he said,
"and they are going to elect the candidates to-night. Look,
Buttercup is doing the mayor."
"Who's Butternut, that little man in the black and red gown?"
"Hush, Phoebe, you must not call Butterpip a little man,
he is a big bug here."
"Well ! whatever he is, the crowd certainly are not listening
"Why should they? The chances are they've heard it all
before, I don't suppose they want to listen anyway. They've
probably come to amuse themselves."
"Oh ! Well amuse them all right," said the stranger. "There
are the cand.idates over there. One Boss, a certain Gastang,
"Cohen! I know the name. Which Cohen?"
"The Cohen." I noticed my Informant had a red piece
of ribbon in his buttonhole.
"Hardly a very illuminating description." I murmured, but
Phoebe discreetly changed the subjeci.
"What is the bye-election for?" she asked.
"Oh! It ? s only a joke."
"I don't see the joke."
"We have not seen the candidates yet" I pointed out,
"It's a splendid idea. There is no doubt about that. It
will keep the whole Camp amused for a week."
The stranger seemed enthusiastic.
"Rather. We know how to tickle the Camp."
"And in the meantime," Phoebe pointed out, "the meeting
are making such a noise, they won't even give the poor old
gentleman a chance to start talking."
"Who ? Butterpat ? He s all right. You wait and see."
"We go to bed at a quarter to ten" I hinted.
"Oh, you will be aching with laughter long before then."
We came away from the meeting convinced that the De-
bating Society at any rate thought the Election was going to
entertain the Camp for a week.
Going back to the Grand Stand a week later to hear
the result of the polling, we passed the same gentleman again.
"Hulloh!" called Phoebe, "Did you keep the Camp
"Be quiet," I exclaimed, "Don't hurt the poor fellow's
"Why don't you think it was a success ?" asked Phoebe,
as we wandered in. There was no difficulty in getting a place
this time. Perhaps the rain had kept the crowd away.
"It was worthy of the promoters in every way, I cannot
(Continued on page 6,
"You cannot say less. But listen to what they are saying,
I can't hear a word."
"It's only old Butterdish saying that Castang has got in
by a large majority, while poor old Boss, the most amusing
of the lot, is last. It was bad luck for H IM that the meetings
were stopped owing to a slight misunderstanding."
"Did you not like the meetings, I thought they were awfully
funny." Put in the stranger.
"Hm! Some of the interruptions were. The Debating So-
ciety certainly owes a debt of gratitude to the public for the
spirited way the latter tried to play up to their lead."
"But some of the posters were good?"
"And some were copied."
"Most of them were original, so there."
"Oh yes, all the bad ones were."
"Then, don't you think the whole campaign was worth
"Worth while, I should think it was — to the candidates.
It was a simply splendid ad for them. They should have been
made to subscribe the necessary funds."
^ "You expect too much."
"I merely expected a little amusement after the definite
assurance last week that we were going to have some fun,
and — "
"I am still waiting to be amused."
, T. G.
^ *\£f<2 ß lectfhr^.-
(With apologies to Mr. John Croa\er and his chorus of Ruhleben youths).
These Verses may not he sung at hadge association meetings without permission
of the Chairman.
OH, I don't buy milk and honey, 'cause Im saving up my money
To join the "B.R.A." and other "corps"
"Twill be a dreadful blow, if I've no badge to show
When I stroll along the Strand to Charing Cross.
I'd be "cut" by "Brothers" Halpin, Buttersootch or other spalpeen
'Ould Ireland, Wales, Australia and the Jews.
While my present "good relations " with the "actresses" the "Batons"
The Earl and Dear old "Pea-Nuts" makes me sing:
Save up boys to pay for Badges
Don't buy butter, cheese or ham
We want the people there to think in Leicester Square
That we're the boys that — helped to save old England
Order one to match your watch-chain
Get prompt deüv'ry if you can
When Walking with your "gel" you'll feel a blooming "swell"
Your badge will mark you as — a MAN.
Our Badges will remind us of the things we leave behind us
When we pack our traps and cross the briny foam,
Of the meetings and the screechings of the BRA'ings and the bleatings
And our criticims of the folk at home.
Of our peaceful deck-chair days and "the parting of the ways"
When some "brothers" shifted "Digs" to Barrack One.
Of the alterations lately and the "Dear Departed" Blakely
With his badges which made us wish we'd all got one. So —
Line up boys and order Badges
Buy big gold ones if you can
We want the people there to think in Leicester Square
That we're the boys who — never wrote for parcels
Back, back, back, again in England
Then well "swank" as tho' we'd fought
And teil 'em clear and loud of that Ruhleben crowd
That thought it "earned" the badges that it BOUGHT.
IT is not true that "The Miracle" is to be pr'oduced
in the Camp, but Adler has resigned his post on the Enter-
THE letter from Mr. Hersee suggesting that a censor of
Plays be attached to the Entertainments Committee is rather
amusing. Really, Mr. Hersee, you ought to knovv that the
Entertainment Committee has been the Censor all along ! Bui
not a one-man censor show, we have enough Brookfields in
the Camp already and we knovv hovv numerous the Man-
chester Society is.
WE have had high words with our tarne humourists, foi
not supplying their quantum of jokes for this issue. They pleaded
in excuse, that they expected to have an overdose of el : ec-
tion wit, but. —
WE are requested by the Camp Treasurer to ask the
Camp to keep its paper money clean. They seil purses at
the canteen ! (the canteen is not paying for this).
THE Irish players are going to give us "The Playboy
of the Western World" by Synge. We are looking forward
to it after having seen the last Irish production.
WE are delighted to hear that "The Trial by Jury" the
old Gilbert and Sullivan favourite is in course of rehearsal.
THE R. X. D. asks us to apologise for the late delivery
of some of the Camp magazines ordered by them but is pre-
pared to guarantee that in future all copies will be delivered at
at your boxes or on your bed in the loft before 9.30 of the
morning of publication.
ßy the way, no one thanked the Sports Committee at the
Sports Prize-giving but it was just an unfortunate oversight,
we :all know how they worked and appreciate them accordingly.
(Continued on page 10)
MAY we make one more plea
that the Captains and the Entertain-
ments Committee should sanction the
ordering of theatre-tickets through the
R. X. D. The box-office authorities
maintain that this would give the
better-off people an advantage over
those who cannot afford the extra
10 pfennigs for the post. May we
point out that those who can afford
50 pfennig theatre-tickets can all
afford to pay the extra 10 pfennigs
for the postage, so that it is not
giving the people with the cash any
undue advantage and the matter need
not affect the cheaper seats. Whynot
avoid that curse of Ruhleben,
lining-up, if one can? And for the
Entertainments Committee to suddenly
take up the culgels for those who
cannot afford to pay an extra
10 pfennigs for their seats is really
BLACK AND WHITE.
THIS letter has been sent to the Captains by the following
Societies: The Ruhleben Dramatic Society and the French, Irish,
and German Dramatic Societies, The Arts & Science Union and
the Musical Society.
At a Joint 'meeting held to-day of representatives of the
undersigned societies, the follawing resolutions were passed: —
1) That the present Entertainments Committee should be
dissolved, and a new committee should be iconstituted^
consisting of a Chairman from the Captains' body, a per-
manent Secretary without a vote, to be appointed by th'e
Committee, and a riepresentative from each of the following
Societies Concerned, viz: — Ruhleben Dramatic Society, the
Irish, French and German Societies, the Musical Society,
the Arts and Science Union, and the Variety Artistes. '
2) With the formation of this Committee, it takes tupon
itself the revision of all offices connected with the Hall
and entertainmients therein.
3) That in vieiw of the fact that the money at present
in possession of the Entertainments Committee has been
earned by the societies represented at this meeting, we
desire the Entertainments Committee to exhibit a balance-
sheet of all imonies that have passed through their hand's
since their formation.
4) That this letter be taken to^ the Captains by MessrsL
Davis, Bonhote and Symilie as delegates of this meeting.
Signed for the various Societies.
TO GRUMBLE is the Englishman's privilege, but certain views
expressed to us by the amphibious "Sir Thomas" appear to
be not only sound, but also widely held by the inarticulate man
in the Compound. "These 'ere entertainments and clubs 'II have
to shut |up in the winter. Fve nothing ^gainst theatre shows
at the rigfit time and when I've got the cash, but this 'ere
Entertainments Committee seems to think they 're the one thing
we live for now. All we chaps want, and all we can pay for,
is a place to smoke in, free, without getting wet, or all the
baccy blown out of your pipe. And since these people took
possession of the Hall to get their name up at our expense
you can't go there for your evening smoke without standing
in a queue and paying. And they chuck you out every five
minutes through the day. Last winter we could stand under
the sheds foy the canteen, and in the other shanties round the
Compound. But now every d — bit of shelter's been collared
by some Committee, the Dramati es, or this club, or that society,
or those private persons. Go up on the Grandstand! No thanks!
I'd rather get wet in the (Compound. Look at the Detbates,,
the 're rotten, but they're always füll, just because they 're
freei. I teil you, there'll be trouble if we can't have that hall
in the winter."
Would it not be possible to :erect a shed in the
Compound, say round the Rolbey boiler, where one could
smoke without undue exposure to the elements. It would be
no luxury, but would be cheaper rhan ;say a musical ptay.
The rents pr(esumably paid into the Camp Funds by the numer-
ous clubs, for the exdlusive use of space allotted to the Camp
as a whole, anight well be devoted to this purpose. Besides,
there must be plenty of money if we can aff'ord elections and
IT is rumoured that Shaw's 'Don Juan in Hell' will be
fortheoming later on from the Dramatic Society. Mr. Leigh Henry
is said to'have designed a remarkably fine scene, of which the
prominent feature is a largie broad road winding away up to
the world of the living. Mr. Henry will provide the material
for paving the road himself.
CUSTOMER (at tobaeco stores): Tin of
Salmon please !
SALESMAN: Now you're mistaken, this is
the local Salmon and Gluckstein but we don't
seil our proprietor tinned.
CONVERSATION overheard between two
firemen, who had seemingly been disappointed
by recent lecture recitals. They stood before
the announcement of Mr. Bainton's admirabte
English Madrigal Concert and had evidently
littl'e knowledge of Musical Art Forms. Said!
one: VWe Ve had some mad shbws in this
blamed Camp but this is the limit of pottyness
to advertise a lecture as sucli, and expect any
sane fol'k to attend."
I ARTS & SCIENCE |
! UNION 1
A French circle has been formed, under the
direction of Mr. Balfour. It meets on Tuesdays
at 3 P. M. We have to thank many gentlemen
whose native language is French or who are
proficient in the language, for their attendance.
It is of great help to students of the language.
The work on the Loft of Barrack VI has had
to be interrupted as the authorities require to
make use of it for housing purposes. As the
winte'r will bring an almost complete interruption
of our work, as well as that of the school, unless
we are successful in obtaining accommodation,
we are therefore using every effort to this
end. Proper accommodation would enable the
majority of persons in this Camp to equip them-
selves for a better position, when they leave, and
we trust therefore that everyone in a position to
assht in this matter, will do so.
THREE ONE JiCT PLAYS.
The R.D.S. was scarcely recognisable in these three plays,
the preparations were so -quiet and unobtrusive that one lounged
up to the Grand Stand patiently bene-
volent, expecting an evening of qcca-
sionally tiltiated boredom. "For lf the
R.D.S. don't think much of it", said
someone, "then it must be pretty feeble".
These expectations remained delightfully
unfulfilled. The R.D.S. evidently caught
in the robound from a too feverish pur-
sual of the futunst drama, gave us an
evening of conventional, but highly en-
The plays in themselves were none
of them of extraordinary ment. "Jerry
Bundler' as a type of the ordinary
ghost-story, was mildly and pleasantly
cause to be proud,
was saved by the
very promising actmg of Mr. Horsefield, who,
with more thorough Coaching in the latter half of
his difficult part, would have been a complete
success. "The Ballad-monger" was remarkable
for an excellent and unexpected piece of cha-
racter acting by R. L. Anderson. As the sen-
timental hero, Mr. Anderson is often too senti-
mental and too heroic, but his Louis XI gave
us a ghmpse of heights unaccustomed in Ruhleben.
Good luck to the renascent R.D.S,, the thing
of modesty, quiet worth and good taste — that
is on the nights when Mr. Johnson does not
sing behind the tabs. C. H. B.
"DANK Holiday in Ruhleben — sounds rather paradoxical
*-* doesn't it ? But we destroyed the paradox and made it a
fact. This Camp will never languish for boredom. We all
have our occasional attacks of "Ruhlebenitis" but they pass
and slowly we are realising that if a man is bored here he
has only himself to' blame. Anyone who hunts for something
to do in Ruhleben can find it, indeed the vast majority have
already found it and it is our success in this direction that
has made life possible. August Monday was a pleasant evidence
of our ingenuity in finding weapons with which to fight the
fiend Boredom. It was a go-as-you-please day. There was
nothing organised, nothing arranged, it was simply "up to the
Camp", as our American friends would say, and the Camp rose
to the occasion.
The day passed without a hitch and though we were all
the poorer for it (for mind you, no one made any money!) we
had a really good time.
In response to an invitation for side-shows and booths,
over sixty came forward and though we lacked our round-
abouts and swinging boats, we were well provided with every
form of cocoanut shy and at last we had a chance of getting
rid of some of that "cocoa & milk." By the way, if there
exists such a thing as a Staticians Society in the Camp, and
surely Ruhleben is not without its Chiozza Money, it would
be an interesting exercise for them to calculate the number
of tins of "cocoa & milk" and "oöffee & milk" per man. We
throw a bouquet at Mr. Dadd, ever ready to offer up his
avoirdupois on the altar of the Camp, he provided rare fun,
but if we begin to name those who helped to make the Ruhleben
Hampstead a success, we should exoeed more than double the
space at our disposal. Just a word, however, for the pierrots,
for did they not provide us with our only two "Arriets" and to
the men f rom the fruit stores who toiled all day in the hot
sun like good-uns. And didn't that drink of "Berliner Weiss-
bier" schmeck ! In the evening we had the Promenade Concert
and the distribution of sports prizes by the Baroness von Taube.
In opening the proceedings Mr. Powell asked the Baroness to
give away the prizes which she did with that feminine grace
which has endeared her to the hearts of the whole Camp. After
the distribution, Mr. Powell thanked the Baron and Baroness
for their presence and announced that there was yet one other
prize to be distributed, the ladies' prize, open to all comers,
and this had been won by the Baroness. He thereupon handed
to her a dainty silven-cup, inscribed as follows
(Continued on page 16)
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"TO FRAU BARONIN VON TAUBE.
Souvenir of the Ruhleben Camp Sports
May 24, 1915:'
The Baroness who was evidently moved at this little token
of the Camps appreciation, took the Cup amid three cheers
— cheers that really did one's heart good and convinced one
that after all this IS an English Camp. They came from the
mens very hearts, and we believe that the Baroness will always
have a pieasant memory of those three ringing British cheers.
The Baron thanked the Camp most heartily for the reception
it had given his wife. He said "I am deeply moved at your
kindness and wish to thank you all most heartily in my wife's
name for your goodness. I trust that peace may soon be restored
and that you may all be able to return very shortly healthy and
in good spirits to your homes and to the dear ones waiting
for you. Again I thank you."
The crowd responded by singing "For he's a jolly good
fellow" and another three cheers for the Baron concluded the
THE ANTI-MEDAL MEETING.
A crowded meeting, representative of all British interests
in the Camp* gathered in the large Hall under the presidency
of Mr. Pritchard, to protest against the action of a minority
of the Camp in attempting to arrange for the sending from
England to this Camp of souvenir badges, and also against the
action of the British Ruhleben Society in writing to His Ma-
jesty's Government a letter of enquiry with regard to a "Ruh-
Mr. W. F. Mackenzie in opening, said if the letter asking
the Foreign Office about a Ruhleben medal expressed the opinion
of the majority then it was time this Camp was run as a
lunatic asylum. At a time like this when our Government and
the American Embassy were overburdened with work we should
not make a nuisance of ourselves by putting forward childish
and ridiculous requests. We were only a nondescript collection
of people, technically British subjeets without a Single other
connecting-band, and we had done nothing whätever to deserve
recognition. The least our country could expect of us was
that we should act with a certain dignity and not behave in any
way which would reflect unfavourably on our nation or would
be likely to make us a laughing-stock amongst friends and
Mr. Barry spoke to a similar effect.
Mr. T, H. Tivey moved the following resolution : —
"THAT: This meeting calls upon the Camp to act
consistently with the maintenance of good relations with the
American Embassy at Berlin and with the authorities and people
in England. It regards as undignified and inopportune the appli-
cation to external authorities for badges, and trusts that all
associations in the Camp will agree with this point of view.
Mr. Tivey said the meeting was not so much a protest-
meeting as a meeting to give the majority of the Camp an
opportunity to give its opinion. Until now the small bodies
have been articulate; the Camp generally has been content to
laugh and joke at the "Medal Question". The statement made
by Mr. Scholl at a meeting of the B.RA. on Sunday, to the
effect that a letter had been written to H.M. Government, asking
if they would issue a medal to civilian prisoners after the
war — a letter which fortunately did not leave the Camp
— seemed so serious that they organized that meeting.
They wished to interfere with no one's personal liberty.
But it must be remembered that as prisoners of war here,
we were something more than private individuals. We had
a public, or semi-public responsibility, to ourselves, to our
government and to. our people. It was qinte possible for a
comparatively small body of men, by some impolitic action,
to prejudice our relations with England and to injure our
reputation. Medals we had no right to and if it was only a
commemorative badge these people wanted, then they should
wait until their common experience was really a memory.
The remittance of money to England at a time when money
is Coming in large sums into the Camp for the relief of the
desitution here, would create certain very unsavoury impressions.
It would lay us open to accusations of levity, extravagance
and conceit. It might indeed result in very definite action with
regard to the help we are receiving.
In view of these considerations, the desires of the mi-
norities must be subordinated to the general opinion.
Capt. Allcide briefly seconded the notion.
Mr. Beaumont, speaking as a private individual and not
as a Captain, heartily endorsed all that had been said by
the other Speakers.
The Chairman then put the motion which was carried with
VOCALISTS AT THE COMING
THE organisers of the Promenade Concerts do not seem to
know that there is a large amount of hidden vocal talent in
the Camp. The following list may prove helpful in making up
"I Kept on Turning the Handle" sung by Captain Powell
"My Beastly Eyeglass" - duett by Leigh Henry and Alex. Boss
"R C. 49" sung by Mr. Butchart
"On the Mississippi" „ Mr. O'Hara Murray
"The Ragtime Curate" „ Mr. Ketdllim
"Sherlock Holmes" „ Mr. Goldschmidt j'r.
"The Ragtime Postman" „ Mr. Moresby-White
"That Hypnotising Man" „ Mr. Pritchard
"Swank" „ Mr.Crossland~Briggs
"The Galloping Major" „ Mr. Abercasis ■ „';■ :
"Sing Something Irish in Ragtime" „ Mr. Smyllie
"Solomon Levi" „ The Lobster
"With my LittleWigger- Wagger in my Hand" Mr. Goodchild
"I Dreamt that I dwelt in Marble Halls" sung by the whole Camp
Would make an effective Finale in the concerts.
Oh/just one more! Perhaps, - I say PERHAPS - Mr. JardlOW
- the famous Musical Comedy Star - may be persuaded to sing
"NO MORE"! Omega. ''
THE OLD ARM *CH AIR
And the Rest of the Family.
A Peep Behind the Scenes at The Frivolity, Ruhleben.
T OOKING over some papers lying
about in the Library waste-paper
basket, the other day, I happened to
come upon several scraps of old maga-
zines bearing advertisements of our co-
lonyAustralia, mviting young Enghshmen
to try their luck in a new country and
expatiating on the attractions of the land
of the kangaroo and the damper. Now
I am mterested in advertising and I feil
to wondenng how one would best ad-
vertise England and Enghshmen abroad.
I should have had to confess myself
stumped for good "copy 7 , had I not
changed to pass the open door of the
/j Grand Stand Hall, from whence came
/ sounds of a rehearsal. Then lt came
L; upon me as a flash. A profusely lllu-
strated booklet describing our Camp
theatre would absolutely meet the case.
It is a long time since "Androcles & the Lion" took
the Camp by storm, and we have become very blase and take
the latest improvements very much for granted, but when one
reflects that our theatre is entirely the outcome of amateur
talent — I speak of the theatre as such, not of the plays —
one begins to feel proud of Ruhleben.
Does the Camp realise that our amateur stage carpenters
have had to produce the scenery for the plays which so delight
us, from absolutely raw material ?
Carry the mind back to the library scene in "The Speckled
Band" or the morning-room scene in
"The Private Secretary". There was
nothing wrong with them! They did
not stnke one as lackmg any essentials.
The furmture was all in perfectly good
taste, in better taste indeed that one
would find in many a middle - class
house. Nothing indicated that the
arm-chair — the dear old arm-
chair which deserves a second Ehza
Cook to sing lts praises — was /f
the same old product of four sugar "baxter". ,
(Contir>ued on page 21]
will open shortly
The programme will be changed each
week. There will be shows daily and the
entrance fee will be 10 pfennigs.
For further particulars see future announ-
cements by the
boxes, odd bits of crepe left over from the curtains, and a
good half of some poor wretch's bed, which has done duty
since "Strife" awakened discussion in our midst.
That old arm-chair has been born again — that is, been
recovered with another bob's worth of crepe — for every pro-
duction we have had in the Camp with the exceptio n of "An-
droeles & the Lion". Wihat tales the old chair could teil of
Enid of Strife, torn between love of her father and sympathy
for the strikers ; of the gay sailor in Captain Brassbound who
did a- jig on it, and how it wickedly used to send him head
over heels at every rehearsald of the wicked step-father pf
"The Speckled Band" : of the lordly graces of "As You Like
It" (for then the old thing had its back and arms removed
and "appeared" as part of a mossy bank) ; of the dainty
matrimonial tif f s of the French Players : of the gorgeousness
of the Count of Luxembourg — and all, remember, for an
outlay of perhaps two marks and the wrath of the man whose
bed is minus its shavings.
Of course now-a-days, the poor old thing is rather put
in the shade by its rieh wooden cousins, built especially for
His Majesty, Louis XI of France to sit in, and no wonder,
for did not three marks worth of timber go to their manu-
facture ? Then there is the old chair' s brother, the sofa. Really,
versatility runs in the family, for the old chap has also sustained
a röle in nearly every play so far. He cost us three marks,
and no one can deny 'his havmg given us our money's worth
a dozen times over. Throw a red bit of crepe over him and
he graces a dining-room, throw a green bit of crepe over him
and ne adorns a drawing-room, throw a brown bit of crepe
over him and he just strikes the tone for a study. Once he had
his back and arms taken off and did duty as a four-poster bed.
For "The Silver Box" the old boy was equipped with four
new legs, made from bits of "Strife" scenery still knocking
around the dramatic shed, and now he feels ready to do justice
to a baronial hall.
Then those English fire-places, they are only canvass,
wood and paint, and seven marks would cover the cost; but
they talk, especially to those who haven't seen a homely English
mantel-pieoe for years. And the high club fender with the
upholstered top — it invites one to sit down on it there and
then and yarn of the Old Country but that stage-carpent(er
will kick up a row if you do; the Ruhleben fender wasn't
made to sit on, it was made to "plafy a part". Of course
one can understand the carpenter taking care of it, for the
fender let me teil you is one of our really costly articles of
furniture. You see, the bars are broom handles and these cost
(Contin ued on page 23.)
:: Music by Andre Wormser :: |
Mimodrama in three acts by Michel Carre
September 3 rd
and following nights
H. G. Hopkirk
This work has been orchestra-
ted spezially for this occasion
by: E. L. Bainton, B. J. Dale,
E. C. MacMillan & C. Weber.
20 pfennigs each at the Canteen, still the Entertainments Com-
mittee needn't grumble at having to pay three marks for him,
for though ta you he may seem an insignificant pieee of goods,
he really does a lot to give a "finish" to the scene. His
upholstered top is covered with crepe too.
What should we do without that crepe ? You remember
its first appearence don't you — the red appeared as the
hangings to the Colliseum scene in "Androcles & the Lion"
while the green was "a rhythmical representation of a forest"
for "As You Like It". How the carpenter grinned as he
gave me this last bit of information ! Since those days we have
had all our upholstered furniture covered with red or green
crepe, and it is wonderful how they alternate it so that we
do not get tired of it.
Besides covering the furniture, those curtains have done
duty as the wall-paper for the lady's bed-room in "The Speckled
Band", dressed the poet in "The Ballad Monger", trimmed Miss
Molly M'Ginty's dress, acted as the garden outside the window
— this part was played by the green ones obvrously — and
last but not least, they formed the wall which rendered the
"hangmg" of our Ruhleben Royal Academy possible. They
are not dead yet of course ; I haven't been to see "The Silver
Box" yet, but I have no doubt those old curtains crop up
somewhere in it, and not in a minor röle either! Naturally,
we don't enclose the stage with them any longer — we have
outgrown the old curtains so far as that is concerned, and
attained to "f lats". You don't know what "flats" are ? —
neither did I until I talked to Mr. Carpenter about it. They
are the screens made of canvas stretched on a light wooden
frame. They cost M. 140. — , but they can be repamted for
six marks and think what the Irishmen did with them —
turned them into "real live scenery" thus giving us a sea-scape
and an Emerald Isle landscape. The furnishing of the study
scene in "The Speckled Band", one of the most elaborate
that has been put on at the Frivolity, Ruhleben, including
the pamting of the "flats", cost under forty marks. Really
it makes one cease to dread the idea of marriage !
The prettiest bit of furniture we have is the little Moorish
table. It was made for Capt. Brassbound out of the old
foot-light board which had to be taken up when we adopted
electric foot-lights, and now one naturally looks for it whenever
a drawing-room scene is on the boards.
But if you want to borrow money from any of our stage
carpenters first turn the conversation to grandfather-clocks. That
clock is the real apple of their eyes. Two sugar-boxes went to
make the body, the face is canvass, the hands are pieces of
a cigar-box and the bit of Ornament on the top of the face
was taken off a real mirror. Whose mirror? Well, it wftsn't
your mirror, so that you need not worry about it ! The Enter-
tainments Committee are proud of it too, for the bill was only
Thinking I might find something interesting I fished about
in the property-box and my first haul was the roast goose which
made me feel so hungry at "The Ballad-Monger '. Near to,
he hardly had as great an effect for one could see he was
nothing but sawdust and canvass. The next thing was a rifle.
"Capt. Brassbound" is a long way back, but surely you re-
member those rif les ? One broomstick, a bit of webbing, part
of a Huntley & Palmer's biscuit-tin for the lock, some paint
and hey presto ! — there you are, a Lee Metford guaranteed
not to bounce if dropped on the stage, and all for 50 pfenmgs.
That reminds me ; the carpenters confess to one f ailure —
the poker that behaved so badly m "The Speckled Band
but then, as they pointed out to me, if Dr. Rylott Jiadn t
dropped it the beastly thing would never have bounced ! At
my next dip I got a pair of handcuffs and a revolver: the
former made of bits of wood and rope and the latter carved
out of plaster of Paris, with a pocket-knife. Then came some
grecn bits of cardboai"d at which the carpenters laughed. They
were the leaves of the forest, they explamed. It took twenty-
five men to cut them out and paint them and they had a fearful
row w 7 ith the box-office people who complained that the car-
penters had pinched all the cardboard and left them none
to make tickets with, "And the ticket money was more im-
portant than the rotten forest, etc. etc.''
Who are the men who do all this ? Well, Higginson was
the first man on the Job ; he's dropped it now, but all honouf
to him for having done the pioneer work. James was his second-
m-command and has stuck at it nobly all through. James wants
to fit up the transformation scene for the Christmas pantomime!
Them there is Kindersley — you all know him ; he used to
seil us margarine before he tumed stage-hand — a good all-
round sport is K. Fmally, there is Baxter, the Marconi man,
always smilmg and always working, a fine combination ! You
ought to throw a bouquet at the whole quartette, Mr. Editor!
There are other stage hands, but their turn will come when I
talk of the stagje fittings — Sandy White, for instance, who
does odd Jobs anywhere and after helping with the scenery,
goes on to the stage and acts his part well ! The Camp ought
to be proud of all and I believe it is.
RUHLEBEN CAMP SCHOOL
REPORT PRESENTED AT THE GENERAL
MEETING OF TE ACHERS.
(Prepared by the retiring Committee, 24 th July, 1915.)
The object of the present Report is to place all those
interested in the educational effort of the Camp School in a position
to estimate the value of what has been done since the School's
inception: it is a record of persistent effort to meet continual, un-
expected and uncontrollable difficulties — a thought that must be
borne in mind, not only by those who wish to estimate what has
been done, but still more by those who wish to help in the further-
ance of the School's Work.
It was in the early days of January last, that Mr. Reynolds,
at the Suggestion of the Arts & Science Union called a meeting of
teachers with the object of setting up a school in the Camp : a
Committee was then elected to undertake this work, consisting of
Messrs Tillyard, Agharkar, Hart, Platow, Henriksen, Reynolds & Ford
— the last named to be Chairman, Mr. Reynolds to be Secretary.
Two possible courses were open to the Committee: 1) to find
out what the Camp could teach, and offer a Sy Ilabus based on that
enquiry: 2) to find out what the Camp wanted to learn, and to
satisfy that demand as well as possible. The second course was
adopted, and a suggestive Syllabus was drawn up and circulated,
together with Application Forms. Over 1100 of these were returned,
applying in most cases for three Classes (the maximum offered to
each) and ranging over a very wide field of subjects, nearly all of
which, however, the Committee had reasonable hope of being able
Though the demand for instruction was thus shown to be
very strong, the committee now met their first disrpp .intment: for
the A S. U., who had undertaken the responsibility of finding acco-
modation for class teaching, were quite unable to do anytLing in
this ma.tter. All sorts of suggestions were made in the proper quarters
but nothing came of them, and the School's effort thus early received
a check from which it has never fully recovered: and even now the
question of accomodation cannot be considered altogether satisfactory.
In order, however, to prevent waste of time and the disappoint-
ment of intending pupils, and in order to show how strong and real was
the demand for education, the Committee now proposed to Start a System
of classes in Boxes and Loft Corners: for which work a Subcommittee
was appointed — Messrs. Ford, Henriksen, and Hart (the last named
being now appointed Secretary in place of Mr. Reynolds resigned).
ThisSub-committee then circulated slips.asking for the use of Boxes and
Loft Corners, and therein formed some thirty classes, consisting for the
most part of the occupants of those places and their acquaintances. Feel-
ing, however, that this system was rapidly exhaus ; ing the teaching capa-
city of the Camp, and was leading to an unsatisfactory grouping of pupils
(ADVT.) (CONTINUED OVERLEAF.)
— difficult to regroup on a sound basis when proper accommodation
could be found — the 5ub-committee refrained from pressing tKis ce
opment. forming classes only where exceptional keenr.e?f -was shown.
With the advent of warm weather, and the possibility of class
teaching being undertaken on the Third G^and Stand, and later in the
Loft of Barrack 6. tne activry of the School developed rapidly, until
be present date, some /5 classes are at work. giving tuition to
some 700 pupils.
Such is in brief the cutward history of the School's inception
and development, and there remains now but to State as succintly
as possible. the srmewhat disjointed facts of its inner h:story including
the questdon of Finance.
In this latter connection, two considerat ons governed the
Committee s action: by revenue, the Committee originally
proposed to invite a voluntary subscription from pupils, or from o:
interested in promoting the Sensors welfare, but the ui;certainty of the
continuance of classes did not justify the Committee in asking for these
subscriptions Moreover. when the Camp Education Committee came
into existence, the School came w thin the Captains' scheme oi trat
Committee *s activities, and we now look to the Education Committee
to defray the Scho;l's expenses. as it is their expressed wish that
instruetion in the Camp School should as far as possible be free- So far
the only f nancial help the School has had is a renewable credit of
Marks for petty expenses placed at our disposal by the Education
Committee. We have, however. been careful to restrict expenditure to
limits that can easily be met from our own resources if necessary.
The difficult task of straightening out the School's aecounts was
entrusted to Mr. Bodin, who undertook the work of Temporary Trri-
surer, for among our other difficulties our Treasurer, Mr- Lazarus,
for private reasons, feit unable to continue the work : and with the
aid of Mr. Platford, a Statement -was drawn up in three parts :
Cash Account, showing a balance in hand of M 7.10: 2 r ^, an
Income & Expenditure Account, showing total expenditure of M 294.95
and Total "ncome of M 18, giving a deficit of M 276.95: 3 rd , a
Balance Sheet showing to whom the School was in debt- These
aecounts will be presented to the Education Committee for settlement.
This Report would not be complete without re'erence to the
fact that some weeks ago the Camp School united with the classes
formed by Mr. ^X impfheimer, the latter be Coming a member ot the
Schocl Committee, and his classes registering on the School's Books.
Though these classes had crnsiderably fallen off at the time of amal-
gamation, they at one time numbered about 33 with nearly 200 pupils.
:ion too, we feel, should be made. of the Series of Meetings
-een the Comrr. d the Teachers, beginning with the Social
Gathering and ending at this General Meeting, for they have shown that
whatever difficulties we have ha 3 to face, and however :mperfe:
consequence the Organisation of the School's work may be, this at least,
the present Committee has effected — we have called into being a com-
petent and energetic bod\- of Teachers from whom can now be elected
a new representative Commitee, that will be wholly capable, in lig-
the pione-r Committee s exp%rier-jce, to carry on the administration
of the Camp School with nope of solid succe~~
THE MEN FROM MJtRS.
y^HERE is a populär misconception abroad that the people
^-' of Mars are very grotesque beings. But this is really not
so. Physically they are much the same as we are, being easily
mistaken for chimpanzees, as we shall see. Intellectually, how-
ever, there is a great gulf fixed between us. With their vastly
superior knowledge they justly regard our minds as being of
the same species as those of decently brought up insects. They
are able to render their bodies quite invisible, in which state
they can float through space, lf they will, without expenencing
any discomfiture. Thus it was that two Martians of repute,
Prof. Maks and Dr. Morritso, came upon this earth. As luck
would have it, they alighted within the Ruhleben Gefangenenlager.
After having switched on, so to speak, a certain mental
current, which enables Martians to understand and speak any
barbarous lingo, such as English, they separately mingled with
Towards the evening they met to compare their experiences.
Said Prof. Maks : "Well, friend, what do you think of
this place ?"
"Not much" replied Dr. Moritso, "rather stränge — almost
"I thought at first we must have dropped into some
monastery. I've not met a Single woman here."
"True, but the language is far from monastic."
Both were silent for a moment, as if trying, yet fearing,
to read each others thoughts.
"Dr. Moritso" at length, said the Professor, "I believe
you have come to the same
conclusion as I." n yr\ . . // « ///
And that is r J rrtl ^
"We are in a mad-
"Exactly my opimon —
1 have spoken with many
men to-day, and everyone
shows unmistakable signs
"Just my expeiience too."
Did you not notice too
that there is no escape
from here ? Armed men
guard the boundaries.
j4 Sdd (Fase
'That but confirms my suspicions."
Just then a surging mob carried them off their feet and
deafened them with their roaring :
"One man, one medal" "Gold badges for golden
chains ! " "Down with him!" "We are all equal !"
"Liar!" "Just a souvenir!' "Sit down!" "Bronze for all!'
"Bronze for all!" "Home Counties ! — no snobbery ! — common
face design!" "Tyranny!"
In the midst of all this hubbub a hoarse voice whispered
in the Martians' ears. "If you're discovered, you're lost!"
"Good Lord!" said the Professor to the Doctor, "did you
hear that warning?"
"I did, replied the Doctor, and I think we'd better be
They rushed headlong away f rom the throng — but lo !
— straight into the arms of another mob.
"Vote for Cohen — beer ! There was a cow ! Compen-
sation ! Climbed up a tree ! Down with Gastank ! Hurrah !
Here are Castang's apes. Come on boys !"
Our two guests were unceremoniously collared by a gang
of white and coloured youths, carried away shoulder high,
amidst great jubilation and immersed in a tub of violet paint.
After their baptism, they were stuck on the roof of the boiler
house for general amusement. Soon, a great shout announced
the arrival of the Castangians, who in noise and numbers far
excel any other party. By these the two visitors were rescued ;
and Castang, the great Castang himself, feil about their necks
weeping for joy.
"Come with me dearies" he sobbed "come with me. I will
take you to the Captain and all will be well."
"But dear Mr. Castang," said the Professor "will you not
promise me — "
"I promise you nothing, darlings, and you'll get it all
right." Meanwhile, Captain Whiteband arnved.
"What's this ? — I've got no time to waste — have you
f llled up these little white slips ? — Have you two Government
Driven to desperation by the utter confusion around them,
the two bold men from Mars made a dash for the fenoes.
Getting hitched up by their beam-ends, however, on the barbed
wire, they were easily captured and transferred to Barrack 11
— Seventy-two hours.
Perhaps, after all, Professor Maks and Dr. Moritso have
reason to think that we are all stark, staring mad. At all
events. Solomon was right when he said — "Where there are
no women, all men are a screw loose." (Eccles. X: 112).
(The attitude of the Combined Societies tn the Souvenir Question: Australiai.s,
London & Home Counties, Canadians, South Africans, Irish, Welsh, Yorfashire.
Wntten by Alex. H. Bodin.)
The Combined Societies in the Camp are confronted to
their regret with the most clear fact that 1) the letter
to the British Government and 2) the Anti-medal meeting pro-
testing against that letter have yet again made their position
and action obscure and wish for no more than such publicity
as will remove these grounds of misunderstanding.
The motion submitted at the Anti-medal Meeting was drawn
up in view of the definite action of a recognised body in the
Camp, and in ^asserting that application to external authonties
for badges, is both inopportune and undignified, without question
expresses a real public Indignation, and with the expression
of this indignation the Combined Societies and every sensible
man in the Camp is in spirited agreement.
But these Societies feel that motion as a whole shows
no recognition of sympathy for the entirely praiseworthy desire
of the majority of men in the Camp for a souvenir of their
stay here, and no true solicitude to distinguish between the action
of that particular body and this quite different desire, and that
accordingly the launching of a motion indefinite in this respect
into the already troubled sea of opinion was not the best
Service to the Camp which the circumstances allowed.
The resolution put on the Societies through the medium
of an appeal to the sense of propriety of the Camp the double
ones of dissociating^ themselves franx a step which- they have
never thought or would think of disputing ; and this is a position
which they disavow.
They further feel that only the ignoring of this distinction
between the actiort of the particular body in the Camp on the
one hand and the souvenir interest, and the position of the
combined Societies on the öther could make possible a public
call on the CAMP to "act cons.istently with the maintenance of
good relations with the American Embassy at Berlin and with
the authorities and people in England", and that such ä notion
is undeserved, and that a public expression of this fact is due
to the CAMP and to that great majority of its members, whether
interested in the souvenir question or not, whose appreciation
of the trial Britain in common with the rest of the world
is passing through, and whose sensitiveness to their own position
here and to their relations with the authorities and people at
home is above reproach.
What have the Societies done ? They have sought to meet
the desire — the real and unimpeachable desire — of the
great majority of men in the Camp for a simple yet pleasing
souvenir of their stay here ; and have merely recognised in their
action — as everyone who gives lt a moment's thought does
recognise — that the larger the body of fellow-pnsoners who
symbolise their common experience by the same Souvenirs, the
more valuable to each man is his souvenir.
A souvenir is only a symbol of something — like the
prize you win at school or in sport, like the photograph of a
group of friends or a picnic-party. In this case the souvenir
will symbolise the people who have met here, and the cir-
cumstances under which they have met, and the associations and
interests which have grown up among us, and all the joys and
worries, and the whole ränge of expenences which the word
Ruhleben will bring to the memory of everyone here when he
sees that word in that future time when all the circumstances
and associations and most of the friends whom you are now
nodding to every day live only in the memory. Who from false
shame or ndicule would betray his homely sentiments or the
homely way of memorialising his lot, because there has been
confused talk about the thing?
A souvenir is not a medal. A medal is a decoration
awarded for example, for bravery, and bravery is a man's
action in circumstances your imagination can easily supply.
Between a Souvenir and a Medal is a world of difference.
Whether you take a souvenir or not is a matter for you to
decide. If a man feels no desire for one let him not take
one ; and if the f act that the great majority of his f ellow-
prisoners wish for and take Souvenirs gives it no value in his
eyes, why ! Still let him not take one. But if you take one,
remember, your friends will value it because it is a small
memorial of a trying part of your life which lives for them
only in your descriptions. You will value it yourselves. You
won't always be thinking of it, but you will think of it some-
times and there will be pleasant memories even if the things
you remember are not so pleasant. You will have few other
Souvenirs which mean so much to you. Is there any reason
why the satisfaction of this pleasing, homely and unimpeachable
interest of ours should disturb the harmony of our relations
between us and the American Embassy or the authonties and
people at home ? Not the shadow of one ! With this, the appli-
cation to the British Government for permanent badges has
nothing in common, and this latter step, we believe, not only
is inopportune, but is and ever will be undignified.
It is loosely said about the Camp that we are a nuisanee
to the authorities at home. We are not a nuisance to the
authorities at home. We are to both the authorities and people
at home a cause of colicitude. Though our circumstances prevent
our sharing in those forms of help which we would more gladly
give, this is our misfortune. But we have our own little trials
and we bear them the Lest way we can, and the simple desire tfo
commemorate in harmony our common lot in a simple common
Souvenir will only be to the people at home and to the authori-
ties, should they ever afterwards come to hear of it, a matter
of the most friendly approval.
IN reply to Mr, Bodin, we should like to point out:
1. It is evidently not the wish of the majoHty of the Camp
to send for a souvenir badge of Ruhleben white interned here
as is clearly shown by the fact that seventy per Cent of the
men in the barracks canvassed signed the resolution passed with
One dissentient at the anti-medal meeting.
2. Those who orgamsed and spoke at the anti-medal meeting
have nothing to say against the adoption of a souvenir badge; all
they ask is that those badges be not broaght into this Camp —
what a man does outside is a matter of personal taste.
3. Askmg the American Embassy to look after the forwardmg
of money to England for the purchase of badges is WOrrying
the Embassy, As there is a prohibition on the export of metal
from England, it will entail worrylng Hls Majesty's Govern-
ment for leave to send out the badges — indeed we happen to know
that the American Embassy at Berlin has refened this matter
to the British Foreign Office.
4. The people who want badges in gold and silvcr have
decided to wait IMtll they get home , then why cannot the
others do so also?
5. The sending back to England of a large sum of money
for badges, when England is sending large sums every week to
reheve destitution in this Camp will mevitably produce a false
Impression and indeed may have a very unfavourable effect on
the sending out of relief, both monetary and In the form
6. A badge is quite linnecessary in this Camp, then why
do not those who want one wait until they are at home again
and the purchase of their badges cannot possibly härm anyone!
WHY PERSIST? editor.
TO CONTRIBUTORS. Kindly note that we do NOT require
any poems, jokes, pictures, articles or anything which has the
Supermen as subject. The Camp is fed up with them and so
are we !
THE IRISH PLAYERS.
AFTER having seen the Irish players in their productions
"The Night of the Wake" and "Mrs. M'Ginty's Lodger"
one noted on the posters their intention to submit three plays by
Yeats and Lady Gregory with somewhat mixed anticipations.
On the night of the Performance the receipt of a very badly
printed programme in return for one's penny, together with rather
groggy introductory music of the variety type, did not tend
to brighten expectation. A few minutes of "Cathleen ni Hou-
lihan" served however to convince us that here we had before
us a really serious Irish effort, and on the fall of the curtain
all minor considerations sank in a feeling of gratitude and
respect to the Irishmen among us for having so boldly attacked
a subject so worthy and difficult of interpretation.
In no case was the acting above the average. Wilson as
Peter gave us the most fimshed product; Green (as Bridget,
his wife) has no aptitude for a motherly part; Michael, the son,
was wood, unrelieved by the faintest facial play in a character
where tendemess and quick inspiration are essential if the
human note is to be Struck; Caleb, as Cathleen ni Houlihan, the
dark centrepiece of the play, was certainly excellent within
the limits of his sex and age. And yet, such was the quiet sin-
cerity with which the players said their lines that the spectator,
following the thought in word rather than its expression in deed,
was able to pieroe through indistinct action and blurred move-
ment right to the heart of the play, and rose, when the curtain
feil on the scene, with a warmer sympathy and a closer under-
standing for the problems and enthusiasm of our unhappy Cin-
They were less fortunate in the two plays by Lady Gre-
gory that followed. To the foreigner, anxious to get at grips
with the Irishman as he is, Lady Gregorys pictures of Irish
life seem stagey, shallow and superficial — even when judged
as humour alone. Taken as so much gag-material by clever players
they may serve to amuse, but to reel them off after such a little
gern as "Cathleen" seems almost sacnlege and in this case came
near to spoiling the evening. Why wasn't "Cathleen" put last?
"The Rising of the Moon" was most notable for its scenery,
the effect of which was partly spoiled by policemen pushing
their way through green curtains at the front of the stage to get
on to the quay ; the bull-dog lantern was another mistake. The
whole thing had the air of a badly done music-hall turn. Neither
actors nor audience feit the piece.
Smyllie and Wilson, the players of the principal roles
in this play retrieved their endangered laureis in the squall
entitled "Spreading the News". Here again the scenic effects
were striking — to put it mildly. Wilsons quiet humour was the
real thing, and Smyllie's impersonation of the old apple-woman
so belief-inspiring that one realised it as a piece of clever
acting only when he took off his wig. The scene developed
towards the end into a free fight ; and free f ights — unf or-
tunately for the Irishman — never come off on the stage, the
spectator getting bored and not knowing where to pin his
attention. Rising exhausted from holding one's sides at Caleb's
amusing squalling, one was inclined to dismiss the evening with
a "Well, they've given us a good laugh, anyway" — but from
under the din arose the murmur "They have taken from me
my four beautiful green fields" — and one stopped to reconsider
and appraise our Irish through Yeat's eyes — that is, at
their best and truest. H. M.
"TRUTH, HONOUR, JUSTICE, AND THEIR APPLICATION TO
GAMES OF CHANCE" by A. Boss of Surrey. Blue Cloth,
3/- Carlton Publ. Co.
"SEVENTY-TWO HOURS" — Elinor Glinn — Constable & Co.
"WHAT I SHALL DO FOR CHINA* — P. Oggson — Howe,
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"HOWTO SECURE VOTES: HINTS BY ONE WHO KNOWS"
— R. Castang — "Suffragette Publ. Co.*
THE first part of the story took place several months ago,
and this is how. As I was sitting in the barbers' shop, waiting
for a shave, a dark-haired man, weird and wild in his attire,
entered the enclosure and sat down next to me. Having pulled
out his pipe, he feit about for a match, until I came to his
assistance. "Thank you sir" ; ( he lit up and held the match
in his fingers until it went out. "The flame is dead" he said
with a slow, sad smile and then turning to me — "perhaps
sir, you would like to hear my story ?"
I said I should be delighted.
"It was years ago in England", he began "that I feil in
love ; not as most men fall in love, — < my love was boundless
and deep as the infinite, the girl whom I adored was ah ! — so
beautiful and sang oh ! — so sweetly. She had aspirations
towards the stage."
He paused a moment and ran his fingers through his
hair. The poor fellow was evidently deranged. He went on :
"Ever since she had told me that she loved me, I had been
as one nectar-intoxicated ; tili suddenly the brimming cup was
dashed f rom my lips ... on the telephone — ' a f alse connection
— I heard her call him "Gussy dear" — and my name is Rupert.
We never met, Gussy and I, all I could learn of him was that
he had fair hair and an eyeglass. I had words of course
with the girl ; and the upshot of it all was that I took to the
road, until my cash — I had saved up for the honeymoon —
was all gone. This happened, by chance, in Germany, where to
cut a long story short, I have been struggling along on odd
Jobs — I play the violin a bit — ever since. All these years
she has been dead to me."
At this point he knocked the ashes out of his pipe and
appeared quite painfully surprised to find that his pouch was
empty. I passed him mine.
"It was to my intense relief, financial and otherwise, that
I was brought here last November, with the rest. At first,
I lived in one of the lofts, it was not tili shortly before Christ-
mas that I got a bed downstairs. Now sir" — his voice
was strained — "try and imagine, if you can, my feelings, when
I entered the box that was to be my future home, and .saw,
on- the bed above mine, in a silver frame, a photograph of
HER, changed indeed with the years but still unmistakably
the girl I had loved and lost !"
He broke off in emotion. "Extraordinary" I said, "go on".
"In what state of mind I waited for the owner of the
Portrait to appear, you may imagine ... I will not deceive
you, he WAS , a man with fair hair and an eyeglass !
"Sir, I assure you, from that day to this I have known
no peace. I have my rival — my enemy — within my grasp,
and yet cannot strike — I might get cells if I did. I have
hidden my hate — He doestl' t ktlOW, he cannot guess
the power of a strong man's hatred.
"Every morning I pray that he may fall out of bed and
break his neck, I watch him at meals, in the hope that he may
choke ; I rejoice when I see him fetching hot water, that he
burn his fingers. I have got him into the black books of — "
"But you surely don't inean to — " I interrupted.
"I do", he hissed, "you mark my words, sir, I have stood
it long enough ; one of these days I shall do something — his
Ups were touching my ear — dreadful !'
"Next for shaving!", called the barber, and I went.
On one of these beautiful evenings in early summer, I was
admiring the view from the top of the middle grand- stand.
Two men were sitting in front of me, I could not help over-
hearing their conversation. The subject was not an uncommon
one among Ruhlebenites — they were discussing their box-
mates. The younger of the two, who, I noticed, had fair hair,
was saying :
"Yes, the rest of the chaps are all right. We got old Spagoni
out the day before yesterday ; the beggar was absolutely dotty,
yet he seemed to be immensely attracted to me ; ever since he
came into our box, he hardly took his eyes off me — used
to follow me about like a dog. I humoured him though, he
was quite harmless, until he broke out last week. You know
that picture post-card of Dolly Danver of the "Frolics" in
the silver frame — I won it in a raffle before Christmas ?
Well, at the spring cleaning I put my foot through the thing,
and old Spag raved and cursed at me for nearly an hour as
though the photo had belonged to him — absolutely off his
rocker ! We got him avvay after that. Lucky beggar being
released all the same!"
G. H. M.
Before the open Barrack door
And thought, how dead my days,
How dirty, void and worthless quite
Had grown my life in this unlovely
Where cobwebbed thought
And effort pitiably frustrate
B?at meshed wings
Against a barrier unseen,
Like baffled flies against a window-
As I sat
And dozed, too listless grown
To stem the creeping tide of apathy
That cloyed my brain and paralysed
Sudden there came
A noise of rushing wings,
And starting up I saw a stork:
So quaint and rare,
Arrayed in all its inlaid panoply
Of black and white and grey:
With outstretched neck,
And long legs on the trail,
And two great steady bravely-beat-
— Like some stray piece of a
Or like an old-world fairytale
Scared from out its dusty lair
Adown our present Everyday —
Across my startled eyes it flew,
So brave and strong and free —
Oh free —
Home to its windy nest.
Life stirred deep within my breast,
And slept ägain.
I jumped right up out of my chair,
Right there and then,
That on some distant, distant day
Far out ahead
I'd see that stork again fly past
My clearer, reminiscent eyes,
And looking back
l'd gauge this time, it's good and bad,
And wonder happily
At the undefeated life
Deep hidden, warm, secure, right down
In you and me,
When evil threatens, and dire storms
Batter the unaspiring flesh
To idiot indifference . . .
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STOLEN MIDNIGHT INTERVIEWS
ßy "The Spectral Dustman."
No. /. Mr. C. Nacnud Senoj.
7^ HE shades of night had fallen. Only the steady ominous
^ tramping of sentries round the walls, and the oecasional
ghostly outline of a hurrying, pyjama-clad being bound for
Cooper Square, disturbed the solemn hush which brooded over
the centre of Ruhleben. Borne quaveringly on the fitful breeze
from the magic world beyond the city walls, came the muffled
sounds of cloeks striking the midnight hour.
Our representative, the spectral dustman, feeling particularly
wakeful after a restful day, flitted silently along the darkened
thoroughfares until he reached that delightfully secluded retreat
in the purlieu of Trafalgar Square, which had the honour of
accommodating the soon-to-be world-famous subject of our stolen
interview: Mr. Nacnud Senoj.
Mr. Senoj who had, some hours previously, granted the
telephonic request of the Editor of "I.R.C." for a few mi-
nutes conversation, personally received our representative on the
threshdold of his charming retreat. Attired in one of Messrs.
Blackett & Davidsons most gorgeous dressing-gowns, Mr. Senoj
had the air of a most distinguished-looking, high-bred, in-
tellectual, yet somewhat attenuated associate of the Futuristic
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much oommended. Six
fraternity. He had the bearing, so
noticeable a characteristic of all
futuristic idealists, of being a Coming
Personality, an actual Genius of the
Striking a Pecksniffian attitude,
which despite bis far from Peck-
sniffian proportions, was so extremely
realistic tbat it displayed excellently
tbe latent histrionic capabilities of
tbis Dramatist of tbe Future, Mr.
Senoj, pointin g to a monumental
k atherbound collection of 20 volumes,
wbich adorned a corner cabinet
surrounded by cbarming artistic
works by sudb artists as Huntley /
& Palmer & McVitie & Price,
exclaimed, in bis deep, dramatically-
pitched tones : —
"Some - of my work, Mr.
Dustman" "Two Volumes on "Tbe
Subtler Errors in Sbakespeare'
more on 'Tbe Correct Sbakespearian Intonations and Attitudes
of 'As You Like It', recently studied in tbe city, you know.
Another on 'My Criticism on a few gross Inexactitudes in tbe
Definitions of tbe Evocative Drama' bas disconcerted some
VERY famous persons. Tbese two are on a subject for wbich
I am already famous in some circles, tbat is 'Tbe Affected
and Ultra-dramatic Reading Voice — How to Succumb to Its
Charm'. Tbose tbree on 'Lonely Superiority in a Deck Cbair
— How to Practise and Assume it' bave bad an immense
success, almost equalling tbat of my otber celebrated production
in six volumes, entitled 'How to Become a Great Personality
in tbe Artistic World of Rubleben'."
"And wbat are tbese, Mr. Senoj ?" asked our representative,
indicating some ponderous tomes almost concealing a cboice
array of daintily coloured prints by Liebig, Cadbury and Cbivers.
"Ob tbose," said Mr. Senoj, carelessly inflecting bis voice
to tbat modesty wbicb suits bim so well, "Oh those are merely
a few favourable criticisms on my little attempts in the field
of literature, made by the Colonials, the Hyper-futurists and
various organisations and sub-organisations of Dramatists in the
city, dpn't you know."
Still keeping his Pecksniffian pose, Mr. Senoj dilated
on tbe value of his work on the comparatively unenlightened
Community with wbich he had the misfortune to be associated.
"You know ", said Mr. Senoj, "I have always made it a
point in my career to ©ducate all non-super mortals up to the
dizzy elevation of my ideals. Whether they desire the inculcation
of the principles of modest seclusion in private life, or the
art of dramatic delivery on the stage, or the artistic development
in the use of 'shorts' as a mode of attire, or even the ambitious
assumptions to become celebrities in this city — I will not say
in the magic world beyond the walls — well, all they have to
do, is to copy my ideals (and Mr. Senoj, put his right hand
dramatically over his heart and almost looked Somebody), to
imitate my actions, follow my example and then — then —
(with intense fervour in delivery) then, shall they be as I Am
— famous — celebrated — a lion of the town even unto An-
drocles, invited everywhere, even as I Am, even - —
"Ruhe !" "Schlafen gehen !"
The spectral Dustman flitted silently along the deserted
ways, flitted past the advertising hoardings, ghostly and wonder-
ful, flitted by the side of Spring Gardens and finally flitting
through the Admirality Arch to his own abode of straw, came
to rest, intellectually tired but professionally happy by reason
of his contact with one of THE GREAT MEN OF THE
FUTURE — Mr. C. Nacnud Senoj.
(Signed) THE SPECTRAL DUSTMAN.
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THE SILÜER BOX
One came away from "Strife" feeling patronisingly indulgent
towards the R.D.S., one came away from "The Silver Box"
tinglingly awake to the message of a great play. And that is
the measure of the progress made by the Ruhleben Dramatic
Society in the last few months.
One little criticism and then 1*11 proeeed to "gyre and
gimble in the wabe" of merited laudation. Several of the prin-
cipal actors smudged over their incidental business. For instance
Mr. Drummond, who, in the last act, should have been following
with feverish anxiety the progress of his case, was apparently
waiting patiently for the end of the play and bed-time. But such
a point passed unnoticed in the general vividness, virility and
sincerity of the acting.
G. Merrit WAS Jones. He ex-
pressed not only the discontented,
blustering drunkard, but the tragedy
in the soul of that drunkard, when
struggling darkly against overwhelming
circumstance. J. E. G. Burgoyns as
Mrs. Jones was also excellent ; he
should perhaps have been a trifle
more subdued and monotonous, but his
conception of the character was
consistent and impressive. C. F.
Drummond was a delightfully fatuous
M. P. and both he and R. L. Aiston
as Mrs. Barthwick made excellent use
of the comedy situations. R. L.
Anderson was good, though a little
too strong for his part, he only needed
to be a fool. T. C. Eden as the
"Unknown Lady" was irresistibly droll,
and the minor characters, notably W.
Horsefield, were decidedly good.
The fineness of the production
however consisted not in the excellence
of individual characters, but in the
sincere, exact and adequate expression
of John Galsworthy's play. Heartiest
thanks Mr. Weiland.
C. H. B. sw~*i^-
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THE interest in the Cricket has once again risen to a high
pitch on account of Barrack Five's defeat at the hands
of Eleven. Barracks 5 and 10 have now lost one game each
and it seems hardly possible for either team to lose again before
the season is out — but cricket is a funny game and it is
hard to say just what may happen.
Barrack 2, after a good start, has failed twice within
the last ten days, 51 v. Bar. 10 and 90 v. Bar. 3 is hardly
satisfactory for a team such as No. 2. The game between
3 and 2 was marked by an apparent wish of the "2" men
to throw away their wickets, runs were attempted where they
were impossible and the last two wickets in the Bar. 2 first
innings were "run-outs."
Barrack 10 avenged their football errors by beating Bar. 4
by 120 runs. Masterman made 41 and McGill 29 not out,
out of a total of 174. The 4 men could only get 58 and
4 for 2 when rain stopped play.
F. Fortune accomplished the first Ruhleben "hat-trick"
for Bar. 4, having clean bowled three of the 8 men with
three consecutive balls.
TABLES (U P to Aug. 1)
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THE CAMP SCHOOL
General Meeting of Teachers: Reorganisation.
On Saturday, 26th July, a General Meeting of nearly
100 Teachers of the Camp school was held in the Loft of
Barrack 6, fe> hear the Report of the Committee, (see ad-
vertisement-pages) and to elect a new Committee.
This latter action was the result of Evolution, and not,
as with so many other Camp Committees, of Revolution ; for
the School has developed such large and varied activities that
some reorganisation has become inevitable. The old Committee
decided to retire after having suggested what, in view of its
experience, would be the best scheme of reorganisation.
With slight amendment, the General Meeting adopted this
scheme of dividing the school into Nine Departments, based
on the classes already in existence and those desirable and
likely to be formed in the immediate f uture : viz. 1) French,
2) German & English ; 3) Spanish (together with Italian,
Russian & Dutch) ; 4) Science and Mathematics ; 5) En-
gineering ; 6) Nautical ; 7) Handicrafts ; 8) Commercial ; 9) Arts.
For these Departments were elected as Members of Com-
mittee, with the duties of organising and developing their respective
departments the following Representatives : 1) Mr. Boole,
2) Prof Patchett; 3) Mr. Heather; 4) Dr. Blagden; 5) Mr. A.
M. Pennington ; 6) Captain Henriksen ; 7) Mr. Venables ; 8)
Mr. Wimpfheimer ; 9) Mr. Bodin.
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Together with these representatives of departments were
elected : Chairman, Mr. A. C. Ford ; Secretary & Treasurer,
Mr. F. Manning; School Requisites Manager, Mr. F. H. Smith;
these officials in addition to their duties as members of the
General Committee, form a Sub-committee to carry into effect
the wishes of the General Committee, and to> carry on the
routine of administrative detail. At the unanimous wish of the
Meeting, Capt. Henriksen was elected Assistant Secretary.
The new Committee has already started work : schemes
for the Organisation and development of the several departments
are being prepared and will be announced shortly to the Camp:
the Sub-committee meets daily from 3 — 4.30 in the School
Office (shed between Barracks 2 and 3) where all enquiries
and Communications should be addressed and where a Notice
Board for School Announcements will be found.
Though new classes are being formed daily and the re-
organisation is being worked out now, the Committee has thought
it advantageous that all classes having been at work for at least
ten weeks should have a short Holiday. Füll work will be
resumed during the week commencing 22nd August.
A. C. F.
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jQetiers io tße Gditor
In No. 1 of your magazine, you announced my intention
of opening a new winter season on Sept. 5th, by the rendering
of "Hiawatha". It is with great regret that I have to inform
you that owing to the very unfortunate attitude adopted with
regard to my work for the Camp by my fellow professional mu-
sicians, it will be .quite impossible for me to prooeed with my
conoert work and do justice to myself and the Camp. On the
other hand, immediately fairer treatment and a proper Co-
operation is accorded me, I shall throw myself heart and soul
into the work of providing entertainment for the Camp in
the Coming winter as I did throughout the last. I feel I may
not close without thanking my amateur colleagues of the choir
and orchestra who supported me so loyally throughout the past
Thanking you for giving publicity to this letter,
F. CH. ADLER.
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